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Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

GAZA CITY: The family of a Palestinian professor and Hamas member accused Israel’s Mossad spy agency yesterday of killing him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police said Fadi…

Saudi fitness center shut

RIYADH: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire. “We are…

Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Israel accuses Hamas of using protests as cover up JERUSALEM: Israel’s military has suggested that a photo it has distributed shows journalists are willingly being used as human shields by…

Iranian president criticizes violence by morality police

Lawmaker slams Iran Revolutionary Guards   TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday appeared to criticize the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused…

Quake hits near Iran nuclear power plant

TEHRAN: A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake yesterday hit Iran’s southern region of Bushehr, home to the country’s only nuclear power plant, without causing casualties or damage, media reported. “The earthquake…

Bahrain sentences 24 Shiites to jail, revokes nationality

DUBAI: A Bahrain court sentenced 24 Shiite citizens to prison and stripped them of their nationality after finding them guilty of forming a “terrorist group”, a Bahraini judicial source said…

In Iraq’s oil-rich Basra, shanty towns flourish

Basra’s informal settlements remain an anarchic clutter BASRA: From his small home nestled alongside train tracks in the southern Iraqi province of Basra, Sultan Nayef looks out at plumes of…

Saudi Arabia launches first new cinema

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theatre yesterday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim…

Iraq’s courts sentence more than 300 to death for IS links

103 foreign nationals condemned to death   BAGHDAD: Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to the Islamic…

With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel

Some 120,000 Iraqi Jews airlifted to Israel in the 1950s   BAGHDAD: Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad’s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and…

Rebellious fashion: Saudi women embrace sports abayas

‘It is no one’s business to stop and question what I’m wearing’  Colorful and oozing defiance, a sports-friendly version of the abaya gown was once considered a symbol of…

Riyadh renews offer to deploy troops to Syria

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send troops into Syria as part of the US-led coalition if a decision was taken to widen it, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said…

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